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You Know You’re From Detroit If…

Updated! Eileen let me know that this content is actually from her (rather excellent) site: Rather than duplicate some of the content, check it out and share your Detroit memories with her visitors! ( is regularly updated, so be sure to check back often!)

Add comment September 5th, 2009 by duane

Server Recovery

You may have noticed that some articles are missing. We lost a few hard drives on our server array and some of the articles are lost. Stay tuned for new articles and more…

Add comment February 8th, 2007 by duane

The Neighborhood

Once of the great things about the BRAT Patrol was that each family had a different “attraction” at their house. Ryan had a fort built on 4 foot stilts, Mike and Ginny had a racetrack (initially for bikes, but later for RC cars) behind their garage… plus they hosted “Ghostbusters Central” in their garage, we had a pool, and Joe had a tree fort.

In the summer we would usually start the day with skateboarding or bike riding, then end up working on one of the forts or racetrack, then eventually cool off around mid-day in the pool. There was nothing quite like building a fort or digging a hole then jumping into the pool.

We al lived just a few doors from each other, all on the same block. That was our world. We rarely went “around the block”… especially when we were younger. It was the DMZ of the area. The overall area was better then. Not the stereotypical Detroit you hear about on the news.

Our neighbors were mostly police and firemen mixed with the average blue collar jobs in the auto industry and factories. We were all on the same schedule, starting with a 9:00 all clear to go outside and play…

Add comment August 9th, 2006 by duane


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